I personally never stuck with BBT charting. You can only really see when you ovulated after the fact, and to me that just seemed kind of pointless (IMHO).
Ovulation predictors work fairly well when you have predictable cycles. There are also larger quantity strips that you can use for longer cycles. (HINT: they say on the bottle that you have to throw them away after opening unless used within 20 days, but that really isn't true. I matched up "old" strips with new and got the exactly same results every time.)
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They are just the ovulation predictor sticks...they show color when you surge. I know when I did the bbt chart, that I got into kind of a pattern (my cycles weren't exact, but within a 28-31 day cycle) so I'd buy so many sticks to use when I thought I'd have a surge...if there was no color I knew I hadn't had the surge yet and the darker it was the more "fertile" you are supposed to be. The Clear Blue monitor is much more accurate, but the sticks were a lot more expensive! It's also very possible to be testing too soon (if you haven't started yet). Sometimes it shows up easily for some people, but others it takes awhile to build up the hormone in your stream. Let us know!
Thanks for your help ladies. Jennifer, I was wondering, what are the sticks from the Dollar Store? Are they ovulation predictor kits? Currently I'm on day 39 of my cycle and I'm starting to think I might be pregnant (wishful thinking as always), because my cycles are normally 35 days. I felt nauseous yesterday, however, I took a hpt yesterday morning and it was a BFN.
I also had my HSG this cycle, so I've heard so many good things that after the procedure, that you have an increased rate of fertility for the following 3 cycles, so again I'm thinking very positive.
I'm really just keeping my fingers crossed that this will be the only cycle I will be charting my BBT for.
I did lots of bbt charging. It took awhile to see a pattern develop, and it can seem so slight compared to what you initially think. However, I DID see a pattern develop and it was easier to use over time. I also used the clear blue monitor b/c it was so mindless and the sticks from the dollar store. I still did bbt, though, as well. Hope you are able to figure it out.
I've just started tracking my BBT every morning. I've been very conscious of making sure I'm taking my temperature under the same conditions every day (same time, always under the covers, don't get out of bed first, etc.), so I can accurately chart my temperature.
I'm on day 35 of my cycle, and started charting on day 1. My average cycles are 36 days. I've had numerous spikes and plateaus in my temps throughout this cycle. My pattern does not necessarily follow a "normal" cycle (eg. lower temp at beginning of cycle until ovulation day, then a temp spike up to a warmer temp that stays high until your next period).
Has anyone else done BBT charting? Has this been helpful? Did you have any weird patterns in your temps as well? I'm very curious to hear your feedback!
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